We all have one. Something you do when you had planned to be working on something else.
Something that slows you down getting started on your next task or that distracts you while you’re working.
It’s your biggest time waster.
It’s usually something you enjoy, but not something you love doing. Something that’s easy, but doesn’t provide a whole lot of benefit.
For a lot of people, it’s Facebook. Or it might be surfing articles online. Or a favorite game app on your phone. Whatever it is, it’s easy to do, especially when you have a moment where you’re buffering. You know what I mean. You’re working on something and it’s going along nicely, and then suddenly, you aren’t sure what to write next.
Your brain just needs a minute to come up with the next words, but instead of giving it that minute, before you know it, you’ve moved over to your time waster “just for a few minutes.”
One of the reasons your time waster is so tempting is because it feels more productive than staring off into space for a few minutes. But it’s the staring off into space that allows your next idea to form, that makes room for the words to come.
My challenge to you this week is to identify your biggest time waster — mine is an online game called WordTwist — and avoid it when you’re working.
Now, I’m not saying you can never go on Facebook or play Words with Friends again. But why not try this? During your workday, avoid your time waster. Then when you’ve finished your day, give yourself 15 or 20 minutes to indulge.
I bet if you do, you’ll find two things happening.
First, you’ll get things done faster.
And, second, your ideas will come together better because you’re allowing your brain space to work on them.
Give it a try and let me know how it works!
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